Constrained Willmore Surfaces: Theory and Experiment

Title: Constrained Willmore Surfaces: Theory and Experiment


Speaker: Franz Pedit (University of Tuebingen, Germany; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)


Date: 16:00-17:00pm, December 31, 2013


Place: Conference Room A404, Department of Mathematical Sciences


Abstract: Constrained Willmore surfaces are critical points for the Willmore energy under variations of the surface preserving its conformal structure. We will explain the (very few) known results for compact surfaces in general and then focus on the case of tori. Here theoretical results and experimental work (equivariant examples, conformal Willmore flow) come together to suggest a first picture of what a ``constrained Willmore conjecture" might look like.


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